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Charles L. Telk III, JD, CPA, MBA

Charles Telk is an Associate with Duggan Bertsch. He advises clients on a wide range of complex taxation issues, including business planning, sophisticated trust and estate planning matters, succession planning, litigation and the administrative process, as well as appearing before state courts and ITS-specific jurisdictions. He works with everyone from individuals to small businesses to large corporations, carefully tailoring his legal approach to best fit the specific needs and pivoting his strategies when necessary to achieve the most favorable client outcome.  

Additionally, Charles understands the importance of family in his own life which translates to his work in helping families and family businesses prepare for the future and next generation. This includes using every available legal avenue to be creative in addressing legal issues and finding solutions. 

Prior to working at Duggan Bertsch, Charles was an Associate at a well-respected law firm in Des Moines, Iowa where he helped clients with estate and taxation matters. Additionally, he spear-headed efforts and helped businesses navigate Covid-era financial incentive policies and recoup millions of dollars due to business interruptions. His practice was centered on working quickly to ensure client goals were achieved throughout an ever-changing taxation process, at both the state and federal level. 

In 2016, Charles graduated from the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business with a degree in Accounting, securing his CPA designation that same year. After several years working for an income tax and agricultural auditing firm, Charles returned to the academic world where he attended Drake University, graduating with both his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees.  

Charles is admitted to practice law in Iowa and remains a CPA in good standing in Iowa, as well


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